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On Guard

The ferociously-protected entrance of Freame Mount, County Monaghan. This charming red-brick house dates from 1772 when built by Charles Mayne, agent for the nearby Dawson estate at Dartrey: its name derives from Philadelphia Freame, granddaughter of William Penn and second wife of Thomas Dawson, first Lord Dartrey. 32 more words

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Images of the Old Days

Sir George Petrie (1790-1866) is today best recalled as one of the 19th century’s most notable antiquaries and archaeologists but he was also a fine artist, who n 1857 became President of the Royal Hibernian Academy.  174 more words

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Hilton Hospitality

A thesis waits to be written on the links between country house construction in Ireland and the history of the national economy.* There have been waves of building here and these were often aligned with agricultural prices: the better the annual return, the more likely houses would be erected, reconstructed or enlarged. 1,732 more words

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The Grande Tour: Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Paris is always a good idea

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

It is rare that I read a guide book before a holiday. Paris seemed like a guarantee of grand edifices, a dash of Art Nouveau and plenty of galleries and cafés that I could stumble on without even trying. 284 more words


Book Review: How to Read a Building (Collins)

This book has an admirable aim – to teach us all how to read a building and, in its own words, learning to read a building ‘is the route to understanding a major part of our cultural inheritance’. 557 more words


A Call to Action

Last November the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launched a document called An Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of the Irish Historic House in Private Ownership… 377 more words

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Public Palladianism

The spirit of Palladianism lingered far longer in Ireland than elsewhere, and was present in the design not just of private houses but also public buildings. 104 more words

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